"designers are at the forefront of the shift towards more environmentally friendly design, yet how many of them actually have a say in the final manufacturing of the products that they design? If working for a larger design consultancy that offers turnkey services, they may in fact be part of the team that oversees the product's manufacture through to the end, even traveling to the assembly plants far away to ensure that the product meets their design specifications. But to what extent can they control manufacturing inputs like choice of materials, components and processes? Particularly if they are consultants, not working for the manufacturer?"
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